Oliver Wendell Holmes

Oliver Wendell Holmes

Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. (March 8, 1841 – March 6, 1935) was an American jurist who served as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States from 1902 to 1932, and as Acting Chief Justice of the United States January–February 1930. 

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Stupidity often saves a man from going mad.

Memories, imagination, old sentiments and associations, are more readily reached through the sense of smell than through any other channel.

To be seventy years young is sometimes far more cheerful and hopeful than to be forty years old.

The main part of intellectual education is not the acquisition of facts, but learning how to make facts live.

A woman never forgets her sex. She would rather talk with a man than an angel any day.

Simple people are very quick to see the live facts which are going on about them.

Don't be "consistent", but be simple true.

Memory is a net: one that finds it full of fish when he takes it from the brook, but a dozen miles of water have run through it without sticking.

The sound of a kiss is not so loud as that of a cannon, but its echo lasts a great deal longer.

It is very lonely sometimes trying to play God.

To reach a port we must sail sometimes with the wind and sometimes against it. But we must not drift or lie at anchor.

Put not your trust in money, but put your money in trust.

Beware how you take away hope from another human being.

Don't you stay at home of evenings? Don't you love a cushioned seat in a corner by the fireside with your slippers on your feet?

Chicago sounds rough to the maker of verse. One comfort we have - Cincinnati sounds worse.

Happiness consists in activity. It is running steam not a stagnant pool.

Rough work iconoclasm but the only way to get at truth.

Stillness of person and steadiness of features are signal marks of good breeding.

A thought is often original though you have uttered it a hundred times.

The great thing in the world is not so much where we stand as in what direction we are moving.

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